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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Stratatouille, Jan 5, 2020.
Sorry for late reply been real busy! Here you go, I think its a Fullerton curve?
Here's some shots of it disassembled
Yeah that looks like the Fullerton curve, they would sand those cutaways like that at Fullerton, they stopped being that sleek once the production at Corona started. You're lucky, these are expensive guitars.
Here are closeups of the 2 markings I found. One is on the back of the pickguard the other is in the middle pickup route
So does that mean this could be a Fullerton body??
I'm certain that it is, they 86 strats were most likely done at Fullerton and assembled at Corona during the transition, the factory in Fullerton closed down in 85 and they moved everything to Corona and in 86 began working again.
I consider this a Fullerton 62 reissue
Glad it worked out for you man, great guitar.
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Wow now I feel like I own a little piece of history!
Are you kidding me Stop what your doing. Grab your credit card. Get in your car and go to the airport. Now 1st class to Vegas. You sir are on what we call a "roll". Somewhere , sometime, you did something really unselfishly good and now the Universe righted the scale. Unbelievable
Not true at all.
There were very, very few Fullerton parts left at the time of the sale and they were all used before the end of 1985 per the sources I've talked to at Fender.
Early Corona parts are identical because the same people made them - and they were made that way well into 1987.
Even the first 3 months or so of American Standard bodies had the Fullerton Curve
EDIT: The transition was earlier; CBS stopped making parts in December 1984. Corona was set up in July 1985 and producing instruments in October 1985.
John I respect your knowledge about this and trust that you know more than me, I was under the impression that the 86 ones were made with Fullerton made parts, I want to say I got that from our old member stratman323 but he's no longer here and my memory fails me.
So I'll leave it at that.
No worries; I got that info from Rob Schwartz when he was still at Fender. He was on the line back then, in QC, and by the time I had that online discussion with him he was head of Customer Services (Dealer Relations, Customer Relations, Warranty, etc.). Rob got laid off in 2015 - about 4 months shy of his 30th Anniversary with FMIC (plus he was there from 1981-1984 in the CBS years; he was laid off in the Summer of 1984 as CBS was laying off people left and right at Fender).
Not to be a downer but in the next ten years there's going to be a flood of old boomer guitars that guys bought in their 50's as their dream guitar they never ended up playing much. The wives and heirs would rather just cash it out asap than going thru the hassle of eBay or Reverb.
I'm one of those guys and my two partcasters will go for a song . . .
Is the neck slim?
I've heard that 1986 AVRI's have slim necks
Yes it is slim and it's NICE!!
What a fascinating post this is, the knowledge within and the way people impart it is surely what makes this forum what it is......brilliant
So how do you explain the CTS pots in my guitar having a date code of November 1984 (R1378447), it has a Fullerton Bridge too, has that little lip behind where the trem arm goes and possibly a Fullerton body? Sounds like leftover Fullerton parts being installed into 1986 RI's to me?
The body also has the 'dowel holes' on the back for the pin router template.
edit* there are also 2 dowels visible on the front of the body
Sorry; I should have been more specific and said bodies and necks were used up early on; things like pots, switches, bridges, tuners, even pickups were in larger stockpiles and were used until they were used up.
Regarding the dowel holes they were still using some of the same equipment to build the bodies - it's not like they bought all new equipment for Corona - they cherry picked what they wanted to purchase from CBS and what they didn't want they bought new. They may not have the pin routers any more, but they had them at one point in time (or they still have them but don't use them for bodies and necks any more).
Just curious - what is the date stamp on your Strat's body? That could perhaps date when they ran out of Fullerton bodies and necks and that they lasted longer than the guy I got my info from remembered.